GIWAYEN MATA

ABOUT US 

Powerful! describes the magnificent experience of seeing the elephant women of GIWAYEN MATA on stage playing instruments once held sacred only for initiated priests. Continuing the rich tradition of African drumming and African dance, GIWAYEN MATA articulates traditional West African rhythms on djembe, sangban, kenkeni, dununba drums and sekere. To the delight of our audiences and the pleasure of our ancestors we perform a repertoire filled with original and inspired works. Enjoy all this as you explore GIWAYEN MATA.

award-winning, dynamic, soul-stirring, all-sistah, dance, percussion, and vocal ensemble
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Tambra Omiyale Harris


During her 21-year Giwayen Mata membership, T. Omiyale has shown a willingness to serve and sacrifice for the success of our company. Her dedicated service and her exceptional skill set in the areas of leadership, planning, directing, networking, and fundraising is punctuated by her having been the perfect protégé of Omelika Kuumba, one of the region’s most talented artistic directors in the African drum and dance community.” We are glad to have in our midst a continued legacy of great leadership for our company.
Giwayen Mata Forever!

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